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Students with disabilities, mental health or specific learning differences

Brunel Library aims to make its services, collections and the information it provides accessible to all. If you have any queries or feel you may require further support, please contact us at

Please register with the Student Wellbeing team and give permission for your details to be passed on to the Library so that the additional services below can be made available to you.

Extended loans & account limits

Loan periods and account limits for certain Library resources will be extended.

Loan period Extends to
1 week loan 2 weeks
Longloan Can only be recalled 14 days after borrowing

DSB profile Increased to
Account limit 20 items (25 for PGCE & post graduate research students)
Hold requests 20 items (25 for PGCE & post graduate research students)

Nominated borrower

You may authorise a nominated person to borrow items on your behalf. The nominated borrower needs to bring personal ID and a letter of authorisation from you in order to register and borrow books for you. Please speak to a member of Library staff at the Library Help Desk if you require this service.

Mediated photocopying

This service, where a member of staff photocopies the items you require on your behalf, is available at the same price as self-service photocopying for Library users with disabilities, mental health or specific learning differences.

To request this service, please visit the Library Help Desk or email us. The timescale for delivery will be agreed at the time of request. Student Wellbeing are able to add print credit to your online account.

Please note that items may only be photocopied in accordance with copyright law.

Coloured paper for photocopying

Materials produced by the Library (subject guides, database guides, etc.) can be photocopied onto coloured paper on request. Please speak to a member of Library staff at the Help Desk, or email us if you require this service.

Electronic documents

If you are having difficulty accessing specific online documents from databases or websites, you may request an electronic copy of the article. Please note, this service is only offered when the Library already subscribes to the item in question or the information is freely available on the internet.

To make a request, please contact your department's Academic Liaison Librarian, providing as much information as possible, eg: author, year, article title, journal name, volume and issue, as well as the name of the database, e-resource or website if known. Where PDF versions are unavailable, your Librarian will liaise with you as to the most appropriate electronic format, seeking advice from the Student Wellbeing team if necessary.

Who should I speak to about requesting additional help in the Library?

For additional help on how to access our resources and services, please speak to any member of staff at the Library Help Desk or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Alternatively you may email or contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1895 266141.

What is the physical access to the Library like?

There is sloped access down to the Bannerman Centre ground floor and double automatic doors at the building entrance. Entry to the Library itself is via University card activated gates, one of which is extra wide to accomodate wheelchair users. Two lifts provide access to every floor of the Library.

Specialist equipment

Height adjustable tables are located throughout the Library. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance locating one.

The Student Wellbeing team maintains a list of equipment available throughout the University on its website. A range of equipment, as well as training and support in its use, is provided by the Assistive Technology Centre (ATC) to help you with your studies.

The site AccessAble lists key buildings and details their accessibility.

Further assistance

Further assistance can be sought by booking an appointment with a Student Wellbeing disability or mental health advisor by emailing or visiting the Student Centre.